Practicing Resurrection: Working the Steps– Step 10, Part 1

Step 10 has been called the graduate level of Step 4.  Some have said that it is the way we put our recovery process in perpetual motion.

Bill W., the founder of AA wrote that “We can commence to put our AA way of living to practical use, day by day, in fair weather or foul.”

Pertinent to Step 10, he also said, “No one can make much of his life until self-searching becomes a regular practice.”

St. Ignatius of Loyola’s great gift to the practice of spiritual growth is his Daily Examen.

Socrates said, “The unexamined life is not worth living.”

Thomas Keating, one of the founding principle architects of the Centering Prayer practice and movement, Trappist monk, author and one of my favorite teachers in my own spiritual journey devoted much of his energies in his last years to prisoners and members of Twelve Step groups.

He was quoted as saying “This (Step 10) is a rather advanced stage of the spiritual life in any tradition.  It means that one is ever mindful of one’s immediate experience.   One is sensitive to responding to the needs of the present moment and also to the presence of God in every nanosecond of time.”

Do your inventory at the end of the day or as you go through the day.   Your choice.  Just do it.

If you need to report in with your sponsor or your group as a part of working Step 10, do it.   There’s nothing shameful about that. Make repentance, confession and receiving forgiveness a habit.   God’s mercy and grace are as close as your breath.  Take it in big gulps.

Grace to you —

Jeanie

 

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